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Mooli and spinach dal

Vegan Mooli and Spinach Dal

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 300 g chana dal lentils washed and drained
  • 1.5 litres water
  • 1 ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ mooli/daikon peeled and diced
  • 1 red onion peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 inch piece ginger peeled and chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 3 tbsp madras curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes make sure they’re vegan and gluten free
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • A large handfuls of fresh leaf spinach washed
  • 150 ml vegan cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A small handful of flaked almonds to serve
  • a little chopped coriander to serve

Instructions
 

  • First cook the lentils but putting them in the water and bringing them to the boil. Boil for 10 minutes, skimming off any foam that forms on top (see notes above). Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 35-40 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  • About 20 minutes before the lentils are cooked, you can start making the rest of the dish.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan pan or wok. Fry the mooli and the red onion together for 10-15 minutes, until the mooli is soft and cooked through. Add the garlic, the ginger and the tomatoes and cook for another 6 minutes or so, until the tomatoes have softened.
  • Now add the madras curry powder, the garam masala, the turmeric, cumin, stock cubes and tomato puree and stir in. Fry for a couple of minutes to cook the spices through.
  • Once they are done, pour in the lentils and the cooking water, bring back to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Now add the spinach and simmer for 8-10 minutes more, until you have a nice, thick dal. Stir in the cream and give it a couple more minutes, then season to taste.
  • Toast the flaked almonds in a try pan for a couple of minutes, to brown slightly, then serve on top of the dal with a little of the coriander.
Keyword curry, dal, Indian, mooli, vegan